A woman in Hawaii has found what may be a world-record-setting avocado due to its weight, local media report.
Pamela Wang was taking a stroll recently when she came across the huge fruit. The avocado is of the Daily 11 variety – known for its large size – and weighs 5.23 pounds, West Hawaii Today reported.
“I see avocados every day and I pick up avocados every day, but this one … it was hard to miss. It was as big as my head,” she was quoted as saying.
Wang took the avocado to a farmers market in South Kona, taking it from booth to booth and leaving it on display. Online inquiries indicated that the find might just be the heaviest avocado on record.
Guinness World Records America assistant public relations manager Elizabeth Montoya told Wang that in January of 2009, Guinness verified an avocado submitted by Gabriel Ramirez Nahim of Caracas, Venezuela that weighed in at four pounds, 13.2 ounces.
Wang’s avocado, if verified, dwarfs the more than eight-year-old world record.
She went online and received directions for the application and verification process, which requires a photo of the fruit and a weigh-in on a legitimate scale witnessed by an expert. Ken Love, executive director of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers and a farmer in South Kona, fit the bill.
“I’ve seen [avocados] longer and I’ve seen them fatter, but not both,” said Love, who verified the fruit’s weight at 5.23 pounds.
“I think people have other ones that they don’t weigh, but I think this one, it was way up there.”
Wang will get official word from Guinness within the next two months as to whether she’s the record holder.
Love said Hawaii is home to three other current or former world-record fruits. Farmers in the area currently hold records for the heaviest jackfruit and the heaviest soursop. At one point, a local farmer held the record for the heaviest mango.